Facio, J. I., A. Abate, J. Guimpel, and P. S. Cornaglia. "Vortex kinks in superconducting films with periodically modulated thickness." Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25, no. 24 (2013): 245701.
Abstract: We report magnetoresistance measurements in Nb films having a periodic thickness modulation. The cylinder shaped thicker regions of the sample, which form a square lattice, act as repulsive centers for the superconducting vortices. For low driving currents along one of the axes of the square lattice, the resistivity Ï increases monotonously with increasing magnetic field B and the Ïâ€“ B characteristics are approximately piecewise linear. The linear Ï versus B segments change their slope at matching fields where the number of vortices is an integer or a half integer times the number of protruding cylinders in the sample. Numerical simulations allow us to associate the different segments of linear magnetoresistance to different vortex-flow regimes, some of which are dominated by the propagation of discommensurations (kinks).